There is no more spectacular way to start your day than with a dawn Balloon flight over the picturesque Atherton Tablelands. As the sun rises the giant Balloons glide gently over the bushland and farms dotting the Mareeba Valley allowing you to spot awakening wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies. Your highly skilled pilots will give you an insight into the surrounding region and the fascinating world of ballooning before returning you to your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation.
If there was ever a good reason to get out of bed early then a balloon flight as the sun rises is it!
Your tour will begin with an early morning pick up by the friendly crew from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation. Following a briefing of what the morning will entail, settle back for a snooze as you're driven toward the Atherton Tablelands approximately one hour away. On arrival to the township of Mareeba, make a quick comfort stop before heading to the launch site, here you will see the spectacular display of the giant balloons being inflated as the flames shoot out into the pre-dawn darkness filling the balloons with hot air.
The crew will issue you with either a 1st or 2nd flight boarding pass before assisting the 1st flight passengers into the very safe and sturdy balloon basket.
As the balloon gently lifts off the ground you will get an ever expanding view of the surrounding area as you gradually float higher - the path the balloons fly changes every day depending on the prevailing winds so you could be flying over farmland, rivers, dams or the town itself.
It's not unusual to spot a variety of animals during your flight from kangaroos to cockatoos and the photo opportunities are endless. Your pilot will give you a commentary on the various landmarks below you and will be happy to answer any ballooning related questions you may have.
At the end of your 30 minute flight you will gently land and disembark the basket before re-boarding the bus allowing passengers on the 2nd flight to board the basket for their 30 minute flight. When you're not flying you get to enjoy the experience of a balloon chase where you are literally chasing the balloon on the maze of roads that make up the valley.
At the completion of all flights, passengers are encouraged to join in the fun of deflating the giant balloons before rolling them up and packing them onto the trailers. You'll have the opportunity to purchase in-flight digital photos and your pilot will present you with a souvenir flight certificate before returning you to your accommodation or drop off point for another tour.